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The best free streaming apps for your Fire TV Stick

There are blazes of underrated channels free of charge.
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October 18, 2022
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If you’ve recently purchased an Amazon Fire TV Stick, we know you’re ready to get streaming. However, many top-tier streaming services require a monthly subscription, which can add up. Why not let your wallet recover and enjoy some of the excellent content available without paying a penny? Here are the best free apps and channels to stream on your Fire TV Stick.

Read more: How to add, update, and remove apps on your Fire TV Stick

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To browse free channels on your Fire TV Stick, select Find from the home screen and scroll down to choose Free.

Best free channels on the Fire TV Stick

Peacock

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Peacock offers an ad-supported streaming service with access to several beloved movies and TV series, such as Harry Potter and The Office. A list of channels play entertainment 24/7, including live news from NBC, and new content is added regularly. Hablo español? You can also enjoy Spanish-language TV shows and news from Telemundo. Plus, there are six customizable profiles to personalize your viewing experience, so your friends and family can join in for free.

Learn more: What is Peacock? Pricing, content, and everything else you need to know


Pluto TV

One of the best free streaming platforms is Pluto TV, which offers over 250 channels that run live 24/7 and with an on-demand selection of free movies and series. You might think “free TV” sounds like it suffers in content, but you’d be surprised to find hits like Star Trek or Hells Kitchen frequently on air. The only price here is sitting through commercials.

Learn more: What is Pluto TV? Platforms, content, and more info on the free streaming service


Tubi TV

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Tubi gives you a tube to 20,000 movies and TV series without spending a dime. You’ll find some original titles and US national Live news from Fox, NBC, Bloomberg, and more. If you register for free at the Tubi TV Activate web page, you’ll be able to keep watching a previously paused video where you left off, no matter the device, and can create a queue of upcoming videos to watch from your Fire TV Stick.

Learn more: What is Tubi? All the free movies and TV shows


Kanopy

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Kanopy

Kanopy perhaps offers the highest quality content from all free streaming channels. It has a vast library of documentaries, modern indies, and art-house films that you won’t find on other major streaming platforms. Best of all, there are no advertisements whatsoever. However, there is a catch: you must be a college or university student or a public library patron to access the service. If you qualify, be sure not to miss out on Kanopy.

Learn more: What is Kanopy? Everything about the free library-supported streaming service


Sony Crackle

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Crackle, one of the first free streaming services, keeps the fire burning. Aside from offering plenty of free movies and series, you get the ability to create a watch later list, set parental controls, and enable closed captions with a free account. You may have to watch the occasional ad before you get crackling, but documentaries like Blackfish and movies like Lion make it well worth the wait.

Learn more: What is Crackle? Everything you need to know about the free streaming service


FilmRise Classic TV

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FilmRise Classic TV offers the most extensive selection of free classic content, stretching back to the 1950s. You’ll find titles like 3rd Rock from the Sun, the original 21 Jump Street starring Johnny Depp, and Batman starring Adam West. Who knew scratching that nostalgia itch was a free feature of the Fire TV Stick?

See also: The best classic movies on Amazon Prime right now


IMDb TV

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With IMDb TV, you can access a decent library of recent and older TV shows and movies. Amazon owns this service, so you might have already seen some of the content featured on the homepage of your Fire TV Stick, such as Emmy award-winning shows like Mad Men. It’s all for free, with some video ad breaks.

See also: The best free IMDb TV shows you can watch right now


Plex

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Plex used to be just a tool for people to access their personal media library. But then, Plex released its online ad-supported media library for users to watch if they don’t already have a collection. Whether you’re already a longtime Plex user or you’ve never even heard of it, their selection is worth a look, containing hit films from around the world, such as The Road, The Hunt, and Like Father, Like Son.

See also: The 18 best websites to legally watch free movies online


Freeform

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Freeform is a newer streaming service that offers several on-demand options, including a few original series. You can also sign in with your TV provider to watch your favorite shows live. As a bonus, it comes with some sneak peeks, cast interviews, and behind-the-scenes footage. No sign-in or account creation is required.

See also: Forget Netflix; watch these free movies on YouTube instead


PBS Kids

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PBS

Here’s an excellent way to keep the kids entertained for free. PBS Kids provides full episodes of educational cartoons and learning entertainment for children, from Curious George to Sesame Street. You can watch local TV channels and see what’s airing on your PBS station from the Live section. As a bonus, a simple user interface makes it easy for kids to navigate.

See also: Disney Plus Parental Controls: Here’s what you need to know


Nick Jr

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Another free option for the little ones is Nick Jr, featuring recently aired ad-free episodes of popular shows like PAW Patrol and Shimmer & Shine. There’s also a great library of original content, including silly mash-ups, music videos, exclusive sneak peeks, and curriculum-based clips. The app is constantly updated, so there’s always something new for the juniors to discover.

See also: The best kids and family movies on Netflix


FAQs

Not all weather apps are free on Fire TV, but a few are. For example, WeatherNation streams current and upcoming weather conditions, and NewsON lets you tune into local weather news from 275 stations in 165 markets.

Discovery Go is available free to download on the Fire TV Stick. However, you will have to enter your cable TV provider to access its content. Discovery+ is another new streaming service that’s free to download but costs $4.99/month to subscribe.

The Disney Channel has been rolled into Disney’s new streaming service, Disney+. The subscription costs $7.99/month and is home to all content owned by Disney. See our guide on how to watch Disney Plus on Fire TV.

Yes, the History app is free to download on the Fire TV Stick. However, you will need to sign in with your TV provider. See instructions to download the History app on Fire TV.